MOBILE, Ala. – Season tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Alabama School of the Arts Performing Arts Series. The 2017-2018 season includes a variety of performances ranging from the iconic tunes of Ella Fitzgerald to the beloved classic “White Christmas” and the 15th anniversary performance of Christmas Spectacular.
The Performing Arts Series is presented by students and faculty of the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile.
Season tickets can be purchased by submitting the order form found at umobile.edu/pas. Season tickets are currently $120 per person, and will increase to $132 after Oct. 16. A group rate is available for parties of 10 or more.
Individual tickets for chamber operas, Symphonic Winds concert, and Jazz Band: Ella Fitzgerald are now available for purchase at itickets.com. Individual tickets for the remainder of the season will be available for purchase October 2, 2017 at itickets.com and will be available at the door for each performance.
Alabama School of the Arts Performing Arts Series includes:
- Alabama School of the Arts Chamber Opera performance “La Serva Padrona” Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium, University of Mobile campus.
A new addition to the season, “Love and War” is a chamber opera double feature of Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona” and Montiverdi’s “Il Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda.” The performance stars graduate students from the newly launched graduate programs in music performance and is directed by Dr. Patrick Jacobs, University of Mobile professor and veteran performer. The show will feature fight choreography by alumnus Kris Kuss, director of theatre at University of West Alabama, and an orchestra led by Dr. Scott Wright, director of Mobile Opera. General admission is $15, and student admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased now at itickets.com.
- Alabama School of the Arts Jazz Band presents “Ella Fitzgerald: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of the First Lady of Song” Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Ram Hall, University of Mobile campus.
Celebrating the 100th Birthday of the First Lady of Song, the Alabama School of the Arts Jazz Band presents an evening of music made popular by the beloved Ella Fitzgerald. This ensemble of 30 instrumentalists and featured soloists is presented under the direction of Kenn Hughes, chair of the Music Department, director of RamCorps, and former music director for the Dove Award-winning group Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. General admission is $10, and tickets are available now at itickets.com.
- Alabama School of the Arts presents “Christmas Spectacular” Nov. 16-18 at 6:45 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 3:45 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile.
This year “Christmas Spectacular” will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Listed as one of the 25 best Christmas events in Mobile, it is sure to delight the entire family. Over 200 students will populate more than 20 ensembles and a 50-piece orchestra performing both sacred and secular classics. In addition to popular holiday hits, the evening will boast original music and arrangements from the Alabama School of the Arts faculty and students. Ticket prices are to be announced, and will be available starting Oct. 2 at itickets.com. Due to the popularity of this event, it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased well in advance.
- Alabama School of the Arts presents “White Christmas” Dec. 1-2 at 7 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center.
Prepare to be swept away by the sumptuous orchestrations and vocal stylings of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” This seasonal classic boasts a cast of 32 students and 20-piece orchestra, and is led by Dr. Scott Wright of the Mobile Opera. The story is brought to life on the stage by University of Mobile alumni and national performer Peter Lake, and New York-based choreographer Elyn Collier. General admission will be $25 and student admission will be $10. Tickets will be available at itickets.com Oct. 2.
- Alabama School of the Arts presents “Mozart and Nancy” Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Location is TBD.
Another new addition to the season is the world premiere tale of the woman who inspired one of Mozart’s most acclaimed works, “The Marriage of Figaro.” Written by Rex Allen Hearn, “Mozart and Nancy” is a staged reading featuring music performed by graduate and undergraduate students of the Alabama School of the Arts, under the direction of University of Mobile alumna Alison Wilks. Tickets will be available for purchase at itickets.com Oct. 2.
- Alabama School of the Arts Jazz Band presents “Elvis Lives!” April 2 at 7 p.m. in Ram Hall.
On this night, “Elvis Lives!” Calling all hound dogs out there, put on a pair of blue-suede shoes and head back to the heartbreak hotel! You can’t help falling in love with the return of the Alabama School of the ArtsJazz Band in a mess of blues and jazz directed by University of Mobile music department chair Kenn Hughes. Get all shook up with a visit from the king himself and get caught in the unchained melodies as you are transported back to the jail house rock. General admission will be $10. Tickets will be available at itickets.com Oct. 2.
- Alabama School of the Arts Opera presents “Le Nozze di Figaro” (The Marriage of Figaro) April 14 at 7 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center.
In the January performance of “Mozart and Nancy,” you will meet the muse; then in April it will be time to witness the inspired masterpiece. “The Marriage of Figaro,” set in the early 19th century, is the story of two young servants longing to tie the knot while striving to elude the clutches of the count and countess who are conspiring to loosen it. Under the direction of University of Mobile Director of Opera Dr. Patrick Jacobs and the baton of Dr. Scott Wright of Mobile Opera, 40 undergraduate and graduate performers will transport you to a time when classes govern but love triumphs. General admission will be $25 and student admission will be $10. Tickets will be available at itickets.com Oct. 2.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.
For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.